Monthly Archives: September 2013

Website: September Updates + Links

Posted 30 September, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Mind is blown: it’s already the end of September? I know I wonder about this every month but seriously, the time is just flying these days! =P Offline it’s been a rather busy month for me as classes have resumed (thank goodness for scheduling posts and review drafts sitting on my laptop =P)

Not my gif (as always)

  1. Please ignore the lack of tags and categories here right now, it looks like I’m having one of those issues again…dunno why this keeps happening lately, must be like the third time it’s happened this year or something…
  2. Read a number of lovely books this month, including Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (Why did I not read this novel until now?! review), Isabelle Lafleche’s J’Adore Paris (review) and P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  3. Continuing along with the advanced reads, I’ve posted a number of reviews this month including Lynn Cullen’s Mrs. Poe (review), Ian Thornton’s The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (review) and Laurie R. King’s The Bones of Paris (review). You can read all of the reviews of the ARCs I’ve read in this tag.
  4. I watched a few movies this month! lol: Tropic Thunder (review), Star Trek Into Darkness (review) and Iron Man 3 (review)
  5. Just a heads up on what to look forward to over here at in the next few months:
    • Christopher Angel’s The Mona Lisa Speaks blog tour (November 2013)
    • M.K. Tod’s Unravelled blog tour (November 2013)
    • Sci-Fi Month in November, hosted by Rinn Reads. Be sure to check out her website for more information if you’re interested in participating!!! =)
  6. New layout here on the blog! Was hankering for a change from the usual xD Still working on it a bit as it’s still rather green =P

For this month I only have a small collection of links saved:

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Review: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Posted 30 September, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
By: P.D. Viner
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Random House via NetGalley

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold. Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed. While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case. She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting. She keeps contact with Tom, Dani’s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani’s. When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it. After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself-dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered.

The premise of this novel sounded intriguing, in particular how Dani Lancing’s death affected her parents and her childhood sweetheart years after. I was approved of an ARC of this novel by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel will be available on October 8th.

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Movie: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Posted 29 September, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.


I have been psyched about this movie ever since I saw the first teaser trailer. I’ve enjoyed the first two installments of the movie (review #1, review #2) and I’ve been curious to see where this movie would take Tony Stark/Iron Man. Contains spoilers ahead!

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Book Haul Fun

Posted 28 September, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

This week has been quite a week for me in books =D

(originally posted on my Instagram account)

  • Photo #1 — I had pre-ordered these books from Chapters Indigo back in August. 3 out of 4 of the books in that order arrived today; I was surprised that Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland novel arrived, I thought it was going to be released on October 8th. But yay! Now I’m just waiting for the mass bound paperback of GRRM’s A Dance with Dragons (review) from that batch *nods*
  • Photo #2 — I met up with my best friend yesterday to celebrate her birthday (which had passed) and mine (which is coming up) and she gave me these Sailor Moon titles as a gift. Excited! =D
  • Photo #3 — Picked these two titles from the bookstore while waiting. Continuing along with Kevin Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns (100 Things) with Scattered Suns. Pravda was such a find: I got it for only $4.99 as it was in the Bargain Books section in the “last copies” shelves–sweet! (and it’s intact, that’s important too)
  • Photo #4 — Books that arrived in the post for me this week from TBD (talked about them earlier this week on my 10 bookish & non-bookish thoughts) =) Still missing one title from this batch (Grandes’ The Frozen Heart) but in the meantime, am looking forward to reading these titles <3

Books, books, books galore xD Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! =)

Movie: Star Trek Into Darkess (2013)

Posted 27 September, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 5 Comments

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.


Regular visitors to this blog and online friends know that a) I’m a Star Trek fan, grew up watching the shows and b) this was one of my most anticipated movies this year. I didn’t get a chance to see it in theatres but lo and behold, now that it’s out on DVD and blu-ray, I pretty much hurried to watch it ^_~ I enjoyed the first movie installment (review) and the reimagined crew and ship so yeah, I was pretty psyched to see this installment. Contains major spoilers ahead!

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